Elizabeth W Giorgis is Professor of Theory and Criticism at College of Performing and Visual Art, and Director of the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Deta Center at Addis Ababa University.She previously served as Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies and Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Art at Addis Ababa University. She is the editor and author of several publications including serving as guest editor for Perspectives on Ethiopian Modernity and Modernism, a special issue in North East African Studies (Michigan Sate University), co-editor of Charting Ethiopian Modernity and Modernism, a special issue on Ethiopian art and literature in Callaloo, Journal of the African Diaspora (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Gebre Kristos Desta: The Painter Poet, the only catalogue of contemporary art published in Ethiopia. She has curated several exhibitions including Time Sensitive Activity, an exhibition of Olafur Eliasson’s work (2015). Giorgis studied History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University and Museum Studies at New York University. She is currently finalising a book project on Ethiopian modern art history.